Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Independence Sandwich Bread


Happy Independence Day!! I'm so proud to be an American and am grateful for all the sacrifices that have been made past and present for all of us in this nation.

To celebrate the 4th, I made some delicously swirly red, white & blue sandwich bread- which is sure to make the most patriotic PB & J you'll ever eat. You can't go wrong with that. 


Independence Sandwich Bread 
makes 2 loaves
*You are going to make the following recipe 3 times to get the 3 different colored doughs*
1/2 cup + 2 1/2 tablespoons warm water
1 teaspoon yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
scant 2 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon salt

15 drops red food coloring
15 drops blue food coloring

To make the dough in your stand mixer:
1) Combine the warm water, yeast, and sugar and let sit for about 5 minutes until foamy. 

2) In the bowl of your stand mixer combine the flour and salt. All at once add the yeast mixture, vegetable oil, and food coloring (for the red and blue doughs). Using the dough hook, mix on medium low (speed 4) until the dough comes together. Turn the speed up to medium high (speed 6) and let knead in the bowl for about 10 minutes. Move dough to a greased bowl and cover loosely with greased plastic wrap and let raise for about an hour and half, until doubled in size. After the dough has risen, continue to "Forming the loaves".

To make the dough by hand:
1) Combine the warm water, yeast, and sugar and let sit for about 5 minutes until foamy.

2) In a large bowl combine the flour and salt. All at once add the yeast mixture, vegetable oil, and food coloring (for the red and blue doughs). Using a wooden spoon, stir until the dough comes together. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough for about 10 minutes until it passes the window pane test. Move dough to a greased bowl and cover loosely with greased plastic wrap and let raise for about an hour and half, until doubled in size. After the dough has risen, continue to "Forming the loaves".

 *You will need to make the above recipe 3 times- one without any food coloring for the white dough, one with the red food coloring for the red dough, and the last one with the blue food coloring for the blue dough*

Forming the Loaves:
1) You should have 3 different bread doughs: red, white, and blue. Cut each dough in half (so you now have 2 of each color). Take your white dough and roll out a little on a lightly floured surface. Add the Blue dough on top of that, and stretch/roll so that the blue and white layers are even with each other. Do the same for the red dough. You should now have the white, blue, then red layers evenly layered on top of each other.

2) Continue to roll out your layered dough until about 8 inches wide and 12 inches long. Tightly roll up starting with the short end. Place in a greased 5 by 9 loaf pan. Copy the same process with the second loaf. Cover loosely with greased plastic wrap and let rise about an hour, until doubled in size. 

Baking the Loaves:
1) Preheat your oven to 350F. Remove the plastic wrap. Bake each loaf for about 30-35 minutes until golden. Let cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing (which is pure torture....but worth the wait!).

3 comments:

  1. This is awesome! Very creative. Bookmarking this for the ice cream sandwich I so badly want to make. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. This reminds me of some bread that my mom and I make very occasionally (because it's kind of a pain to make dough 3 times then get it all together and....) except ours is green and white and orange and instead of food coloring we use spinach and tomato paste. Which makes it both look awesome and also taste awesome! Probably there are no natural foods you could put in to make it blue though...

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    1. I love that you use other foods for the color rather than artificial color- seems so much more natural! I did think of doing something like that- like grinding up some freeze dried raspberries and blueberries to color the layers..but in the end I chose the lazy route lol.

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